Francis of Assisi, the well-known thirteenth-century saint, is credited with creating the first nativity scene. The Living Nativity introduces readers to Saint Francis and his joyous reenactment of the birth of Jesus, complete with a manger and animals. Here we will explore how nativity sets, Advent wreaths, candles, carols, Christmas cards, and other traditions help prepare our hearts for the God "who bends low to enter our world and our lives." Prayer poems for each day of the season lead readers to deepen their spiritual journey, and the content provides a guided pattern for individuals and small groups to share reflections and experience activities that open their hearts to the Christ child.
Our eCourse includes:
- All essential content from the book, The Living Nativity, which offers a guide from Advent through Epiphany.
- Weekly video introductions with author Larry Peacock.
- Weekly audio recordings of prayers.
- Images that enhance daily practice.
- Prompts for personal reflection.
- A secure place for group conversation.
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Larry Peacock is director of the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Milwaukie, Oregon. He served as executive director of Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center in North Andover, Massachusetts, for 11 years. A retired United Methodist pastor, Peacock is a trained spiritual director, an author, and a retreat leader.